Speaker Series

Our Speaker Series events are designed to help you expand your employment outlook. At each event, you will:

  • Listen to professionals who graduated with your degree or work in your field of interest.
  • Hear tips and strategies about career and work search based on the lived successes and failures of professionals.
  • Gain perspective on your skills, knowledge, and abilities and how they apply to the workplace.
  • Open doors to opportunities by talking with professionals who can get you connected.

Each event will have a panel, discussion, networking, and refreshments.

All events are free and registration is recommended.

Upcoming Speaker Series

Speaker Series

Sponsored by



Careers in Economics Faculty of Arts Thursday, March 8, 2018 5 - 7 p.m. 
Careers in Non-Profit Community Service-Learning Wednesday, March 14, 2018 1 - 3 p.m. 
Life after a Nutrition & Food Science Degree  Faculty of ALES Wednesday, March 21, 2018 4:30 - 6 p.m.

Careers in Economics

Thursday, March 8, 2018
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Tory 3-36

Sponsored by the Faculty of Arts

  • Brian Menges
    Brian Menges - President, CEO, Caplink Financial Corporation

    Brian has a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts, Economics from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance (Summa Cum Laude) from National University, San Diego, California. Brian has been in the mortgage industry since 1991, first as a partner with Femco Financial Services Inc., and then as a co-founder of Caplink Financial Corporation in 1997. He has extensive experience in residential and commercial loan origination and underwriting, and currently is responsible for the investor relations department of Caplink.
  • Gabriela Mesta Kim
  • George Andrews
    George Andrews: - President & CEO, Alberta Cancer Foundation

    George joined the Alberta Cancer Foundation after working at NAIT since 2004 as Vice-President, External Relations and Chief Development officer. In that role he led a team of more than 200 staff and was the driving force in the development of the NAIT branding, government relations, and fundraising strategies. He has personally led significant capital campaigns and has developed leading-edge social media campaigns at NAIT. He has also worked very closely with the President’s office in the development of the multi-year strategic plan for the institution. Previous to NAIT, George was the fundraising leader for the United Way Capital Region. An alumnus of the University of Alberta (BA) and Royal Roads University (MA), he is in the process of completing his Doctorate in Business Administration in Higher Education Management from the University of Bath.
  • Michelle Clarke
    Michelle Clarke - Intermediate Treasury Analyst, Servus Credit Union

    Michelle joined Servus Credit Union after graduating with her degree in English and Economics. She has now been with Servus Credit Union for 13 years and has enjoyed progressing through the ranks of Personal Banker Assistant, Personal Banker, Treasury Analyst Assistant, and beyond. In her current role within the Treasury Department she overseas many pricing and procedural operations for the retail branch network. Michelle is proud to be a member of the Credit Union team and its focus on shaping members' financial fitness. Servus is Alberta's largest Credit Union managing $15 billion in assets; its corporate office is based in Edmonton.
  • Nick Ford

    Nick Ford - Economist - ATB Financial

    Nick joined ATB’s Economics and Research team in February 2014 where he researches, tracks and reports on economic indicators and trends that impact Albertans. Before joining the team, Nick worked as a compliance analyst at ATB and as a customer service representative at the Royal Bank of Canada. Other jobs Nick has had include serving up fries and burgers as a line cook and fitting cleats as a salesperson at a soccer (or as his Liverpudlian dad calls it: football) store in Edmonton. Nick is a native Edmontonian and holds a BA in Economics from the University of Alberta.

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Careers in Non-Profit

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Community Service-Learning

  • Andre Tinio
    Andre Tinio - RSW Social Worker, Alberta College of Social Workers

    Andre currently works for the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) in the role of Social Worker – Membership Activities and is responsible for promoting and engaging an active social work community throughout Alberta. Before his new position, he was a Family Engagement Facilitator with The Family Centre where he created and coordinated family group conferences for families experiencing the child welfare system. Andre also volunteered as an English as a Second Language assistant with the Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE) during a CSL placement. He worked with older immigrant adults and focused on conversational English dialogue and discussion. Andre also volunteers with Zebra Child Protection Centre as a Child Advocate.

    In his spare time, he likes to visit with friends and debrief about the workweek, enjoys trying new restaurants in Edmonton, and loves to travel.
  • Ashely Bouchard

    Ashley Bouchard - Community Food Animator, Food4Good

    Ashley is a proud Edmontonian, passionate about food, community, and sustainability. She graduated from the University of Alberta's Anthropology & Political Science faculties with a double-major, and also holds a certificate in Community Service Learning. Ashley is a Master Gardener and Master Composter-Recycler. She has worked in various capacities with farmers' markets, community gardens, and local agriculture movements in the city, emphasizing education and advocacy for good food. She has experience as a commercial purchaser of local food, an edible landscape consultant, and an educator, but her favorite role by far is community organizer. As the Community Food Animator with Food4Good, Ashley coordinates food security projects in west end neighbourhoods and aims to increase access to affordable, healthy foods and build capacity among those facing barriers. She is currently stewarding the development of a Community Food Centre in Edmonton. Otherwise, you can find her tending to her backyard chicken flock, camping in the mountains, hosting dinner parties, or talking to her dog.

  • Christine Causing
    Christine Causing - Coordinator, Edmonton NextGen

    Christine is the Coordinator for Edmonton's NextGen Initiative at the City of Edmonton. She helps bring together young community and civic leaders and volunteers who work together on various projects and events and civic engagement learning opportunities that connect people, places, communities, and ideas.

    Christine completed a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Alberta where she was given the opportunity to study monkeys in Costa Rica during her undergrad. She went on to complete a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo. She focused on sustainable tourism and community development in developing countries and did her research for her thesis in Samoa in the South Pacific.

    Christine currently sits on the AGA's Art on the Block Planning Committee. In 2008 she was part of the Cultural Plan Steering Committee that helped create Edmonton's Cultural Plan, The Art of Living. This plan continues to be used today to help create and sustain Edmonton's arts community.

    Her other full time job - which she absolutely loves - is raising her daughters Sloane and Zaira. In her spare time, Christine is an avid snowboarder, enjoys traveling when she gets a chance to get away, camping in the mountains, the theatre, and attending as many music concerts and events as possible!
  • Kyla Pascal
    Kyla Pascal - Office Coordinator, APIRG

    Kyla is a Métis & Black woman, born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. She holds a degree in Political Science, and Women & Gender Studies and currently works as the Office Coordinator of the Alberta Public Interest Research Group (APIRG). At APIRG, she coordinates daily operations, as well as serving as the project lead for long-term social justice projects for racial justice in Alberta's institutions. She has diverse experiences in the non-profit sector including volunteering with Apathy is Boring and the National Black Coalition of Canada. She also has extensive experience in Edmonton's food and coffee industry where she developed her interests in food sustainability, accessibility, and the ways in which food, nutrition, and culture play significant roles in both our personal and political lives. When she isn’t fighting for social justice, you can find her checking out a comedy show or walking her dogs in the river valley.
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Life after a Nutrition & Food Science Degree

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
ECHA L1 490

Sponsored by the Faculty of ALES

  • Ana Luisa Medrano
    Ana holds a Bachelor Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from The Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez in Mexico and a Master’s in Human Nutrition from the University of Alberta. Ana works as Manager of Community Health Promotion for Diabetes Canada and as a Food Record Core Lab Assistant at the Canadian VIGOUR Centre. She is an executive member of the Professional Section for Diabetes Education, Edmonton Chapter. Ana is currently working towards her certification as a Registered Dietitian and Program Management Professional.
  • Caroline Richard
    Dr. Caroline Richard is a RD, PhD and an Assistant Professor of Human Nutrition in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Alberta. She completed her BSc and internship in Nutrition at Laval University in 2007 and then her PhD in Nutrition and Metabolism in 2013. During her PhD, Dr. Richard studied the role of a Mediterranean dietary pattern, on lipoproteins kinetics and biological risk factors for cardiovascular disease in the context of obesity and metabolic syndrome. She then completed her postdoctoral studies at the University of Alberta in 2016 where she worked at understanding how a supply of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) impacts the immune system development and the establishment of oral tolerance early in life. Dr. Richard’s research interests focus on understanding how specific nutritional interventions can mitigate immune dysfunction related to chronic diseases including obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. The other area of Dr. Richard’s research program explores the effect of maternal nutrition during pregnancy and lactation on the infant’s immune system development (programing effect). She has won numerous prestigious awards throughout her career including the Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism Award for Nutrition Translation in 2015 for her review paper.
  • Kenton Delisle
    Kenton Delisle is a Registered Dietitian with a Master of Health Science in Public Health. He has been a public health professional for more than a decade, in Alberta and BC, working to improve healthy eating opportunities. In addition to conventional dietetic work, Kenton’s career has seen him develop nutrition education programs for students, work as a media spokesperson, in social marketing, and in research, as well as lead digital public health projects - including a video game teaching Canada’s Food Guide fundamentals, and a blog for the BC Government on food and nutrition topics. Kenton is currently a public health nutrition Policy Analyst for the Government of Alberta in the Health and Wellness Promotion Branch, and is the President-Elect of the College of Dietitians of Alberta. Much of his current work includes being the provincial lead for federal engagement during the Federal Healthy Eating Strategy activities; which includes current revisions to Canada’s Food Guide.
  • Se Lim Jang

    Se Lim is a Project Lead at the Indigenous and Global Health Research Group at the Faculty of Medicine. She earned a BSc in Nutrition and Food Science with nutrition major at the University of Alberta in 2013. Her work involves working with various populations including immigrants in Edmonton and Indigenous populations across Alberta and the Northwest Territories, and collecting, analyzing and publishing data around ethnicity, lifestyle, and health behaviours. She is currently pursuing her education and career in scientific knowledge translation to inform and improve health behaviours in the multicultural Canadian population.

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